Joseph at Ten

Hey Joe!  Double Digits the sixth time around in our house and it doesn't seem but a couple of years ago that we were waiting for you to arrive.  For whatever reason we were convinced that you were going to be a big boy because by the time you were due an ultrasound indicated you would be over 10 pounds.  A week later we finally lost our patience and chose to induce rather than wait another day and risk having an 11 pound baby and when you finally decided to come, you were a whopping 7 pounds, 3 ounces.  No where near 11 pounds!!!  

You have the biggest eyes and now we call your littlest sister Joe with a bow because of how much she looks like you!

I'm not sure the best adjectives to describe you...tenacious.  You are a pure go-getter, a competitor, and a teddy bear, loving on your younger siblings.

Ten years old.  Fourth grade.  100 pounds.  Size 8 shoe.  Size 12 clothes.  5 feet tall.  

Extra company to wake you up and sing happy birthday to you and bring you breakfast in bed.  

 Your breakfast of choice of course was crepes and your cake of choice was to be a surprise, but it ended up being the second choice red velvet from SAMs club because the meringues that I made didn't quite make the cut.  You're such a good egg, allowing me to buy your cake.
 You are kind, intense, creative, smart, funny, are a hard worker...when you were little you used to sort color, by shape, by size, by what it is used for.  From my kitchen drawers to Grandpas tools and spare parts in his shop to the jelly beans or m&ms for snack.  You're still an organizer.

 You have these awesome highlights at the tips of your hair and the best facial expressions of all time.
 You bring so much joy to our family.

 During this year you have competed in swim and wrestling and are going to give soccer a try.  I have no doubt that you'll be great at it.  You're never really satisfied to not be at the front of the pack.

 We love you Joe.  You're our favorite Joseph in the whole world and we sure are glad you were born!!